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Parent Fundraising Deepens Inequality in the New Public School Economy

Parent Fundraising Deepens Inequality in the New Public School Economy

by Julianne Hing on June 27 2012, 9:19AM

As states slash school budgets schools increasingly look to parents to fund those extras, but parents at poorer schools say they need help with even the basics.

Topics: Schools & Youth

'Shy English Learning' Kindergarteners Perform Madonna's 'Vogue'

‘Shy English Learning’ Kindergarteners Perform Madonna’s ‘Vogue’

by Jorge Rivas on June 26 2012, 12:43PM

The children seen in the video above performing Madonna’s “Vogue” at their kindergarten graduation from the Olympic Primary Center in Los Angeles.

Topics: /NOW, Schools & Youth

Judge Rules Thousands of School Workers Wrongfully Fired After Katrina

Judge Rules Thousands of School Workers Wrongfully Fired After Katrina

by Jorge Rivas on June 22 2012, 10:36AM

On Thursday, a Louisiana judge ruled that thousands of New Orleans school employees were wrongfully fired after Hurricane Katrina shut down the entire city in 2005.

Topics: /NOW, Schools & Youth

857 Desks Installed On National Mall to Call Attention to Drop Out Rates

857 Desks Installed On National Mall to Call Attention to Drop Out Rates

by Jorge Rivas on June 21 2012, 1:03PM

Each desk represents one of the 857 students who drop out of high school in the United States every single hour, every single school day, according to the College Board.

Topics: /NOW, Schools & Youth

High School Senior Sings His Way Off UMich's Admission Wait List

High School Senior Sings His Way Off UMich’s Admission Wait List

by Jorge Rivas on June 13 2012, 2:42PM

High school senior Lawrence Yong from Los Angeles just sang himself off the admissions waitlist at the University of Michigan.

Topics: /NOW, Schools & Youth

Judge OKs Using L.A. Student Test Scores for Teacher Job Reviews

by Jorge Rivas on June 11 2012, 5:28PM

A Los Angeles judge has issued a tentative ruling and ordered the L.A. Unified School District to use student achievement in reviewing instructors. L.A. Times has more details on today’s ruling: L.A. County Superior Court Judge James C. Chalfant upheld…

Topics: /NOW, Schools & Youth

DREAMers at NY High School Inspire Community to Drop The I-Word

DREAMers at NY High School Inspire Community to Drop The I-Word

by Jorge Rivas on June 7 2012, 6:21PM

A group of students at Flushing International High School (FIHS) that are part of a DREAM are raising awareness about the Drop the ‘I-Word Campaign and how the ‘I’ word impacts their life.

Topics: /NOW, Schools & Youth

There's an App for That: Reporting NYPD Stop and Frisks

There’s an App for That: Reporting NYPD Stop and Frisks

by Jorge Rivas on June 6 2012, 11:24AM

The app allows bystanders to fully document stop-and-frisk encounters and alert community members when a street stop is in progress.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW, Schools & Youth

Mom Locked Up For Cheering Too Loudly at High School Graduation

Mom Locked Up For Cheering Too Loudly at High School Graduation

by Jorge Rivas on June 6 2012, 10:30AM

A South Carolina mom was arrested on Saturday for cheering at her daughter’s high school graduation for yelling “yay, my baby made it” too loud.

Topics: /NOW, Schools & Youth

Diane Tran, Jailed Texas Honor Student, Turns Down 100K

Diane Tran, Jailed Texas Honor Student, Turns Down 100K

by Jorge Rivas on June 1 2012, 1:54PM

Earlier this week Diane Tran made national headlines after a Texas judge threw 17-year-old teen in jail for missing school.

Topics: Economy, /NOW, Schools & Youth

Dad Who Fears Heights Rides Ferris Wheel for 25 Hours to Raise Money

Dad Who Fears Heights Rides Ferris Wheel for 25 Hours to Raise Money

by Jorge Rivas on June 1 2012, 1:21PM

On Friday morning Gus Martinez broke the world record for the longest time spent on a Ferris wheel.

Topics: /NOW, Schools & Youth

NYC Budget Cuts Could Displace 10,800 Low-Income Kids

NYC Budget Cuts Could Displace 10,800 Low-Income Kids

by Jorge Rivas on June 1 2012, 11:12AM

Day care centers in the city’s Latino, Asian and black communities are the hardest hit.

Topics: /NOW, Schools & Youth

More Than Half of Black Male Students in Oakland Schools May Drop Out

More Than Half of Black Male Students in Oakland Schools May Drop Out

by Jorge Rivas on May 30 2012, 5:00PM

From kindergarten through 12th grade, black boys struggled with attendance, suspension, and maintaining a C average, according to the research reports.

Topics: /NOW, Schools & Youth

Texas Judge Throws Working High School Student in Jail

Texas Judge Throws Working High School Student in Jail

by Jorge Rivas on May 29 2012, 10:50AM

A judge threw a 17-year-old 11th grade honor student n jail for tardiness and truancy at school but there is a lot more to the story.

Topics: /NOW, Schools & Youth

What Fires Young Progressives' Activism? A New Study Asks Them

What Fires Young Progressives’ Activism? A New Study Asks Them

by Rinku Sen on May 24 2012, 9:49AM

In one of the first studies involving Occupy participants, the Applied Research Center gathered young activists from multiple movements in focus groups to ask, What propels you to the political frontline?

Topics: #Occupy, Politics, Movement, Schools & Youth, Youth and Race

Fewer Blacks and Latinos Entering CUNY, Nation's Largest Urban Colleges

Fewer Blacks and Latinos Entering CUNY, Nation’s Largest Urban Colleges

by Jorge Rivas on May 23 2012, 4:50PM

A new report has found that as more New Yorkers are returning to school, black and Latino students are having a tough time competing against students with higher SAT scores and grade point averages.

Topics: /NOW, Schools & Youth

Seven-Year-Old Aspiring Rapper Mir Money Breaks Down on 'America's Got Talent'

Seven-Year-Old Aspiring Rapper Mir Money Breaks Down on ‘America’s Got Talent’

by Jorge Rivas on May 23 2012, 1:47PM

Leave it to Howard Stern to make a 7-year old cry.

Topics: Media, /NOW, Schools & Youth

Meet the Nguyen Seniors Whose Yearbook Quotes Went Viral

Meet the Nguyen Seniors Whose Yearbook Quotes Went Viral

by Jorge Rivas on May 22 2012, 4:30PM

Meet Presentation High School seniors Alexandra, Angela, Angelica, Elizabeth, Emily, Isabella, Madeline, and Vi Nguyen who submitted senior quotes for the yearbook that once combined read “We know what you’re thinking, and no, we’re not related!”

Topics: /NOW, Schools & Youth

Louisiana School Psychologist: 'Young Black Thugs Who Won't Follow the Law Need to Be Put Down'

Louisiana School Psychologist: ‘Young Black Thugs Who Won’t Follow the Law Need to Be Put Down’

by Jorge Rivas on May 22 2012, 1:51PM

“Young Black Thugs who won’t follow the law need to be put down not incarcerated. Put down like the Dogs they are!” read one tweet made by Mark Traina, the Jefferson Parish school psychologist, who has worked with alternative schools and in central administration.

Topics: /NOW, Schools & Youth

Most immigrants Sent Back to Mexico Detained at Work or Home, Border Apprehensions Decline

by Jorge Rivas on May 21 2012, 5:18PM

While the number of people crossing from Mexico into the United States has fallen to 40 year lows, the rates of deportation have reached historic highs.

Topics: Immigration, /NOW, Schools & Youth